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In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers,… Read More

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How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

siri-google2 Editor’s note: Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling. It always breaks my heart a little when the startups with the most radiant potential hit their troughs of disillusionment and then cash out to a deep-pocketed buyer. This is not because I begrudge… Read More

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Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

guy-fawkes Anonymity: it’s all the rage–Whisper, Secret–and it’s rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled that Secret must be removed from app stores there, and existing installs remotely wiped. The UK’s House of Lords has recommended the end of online anonymity. As usual, judges and politicians don’t understand technology. Anonymity can used for awful things, yes;… Read More

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29Aug/14Off

Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y-Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class

ycombinator In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability, anchoring or the famous “herd-mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950’s. But based on the feedback our team received, we felt encouraged to share a sample analysis with everyone to explain the inner workings of… Read More

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Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

RaoSuttonFramePhoto After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC). Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less,” will bring the lessons they learned from their research to… Read More

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup1 Before we take off for the long weekend, check out the best stories from the past week (8/23-8/29). After months of rumors suggesting that Google was prepped to snatch up Twitch, Amazon ended up dropping the money to make this deal happen. Alex Wilhelm originally reported the news for TechCrunch, but Kyle Russell offered some critical analysis about how Amazon’s acquisition is too big… Read More

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Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

Clever-screenshot When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students’ forgotten passwords less. The education technology company recently launched a feature that will allow students to use a single sign on to all of… Read More

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The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding

semiconductors PCBs Over the past few years the semiconductor funding ecosystem experienced a significant downturn. According to the GSA survey, there were only 5 Series A semiconductor funding rounds and 10 exits in 2010 in North America, Europe and Israel. Most of the VCs who invested in Semiconductors shifted their focus to software startups due to higher scalability, faster time-to-exit and low cost of failure. Read More

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Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 3.25.54 PM I now know what I want for my birthday. Using customized 3D printing technology, Andrey Rudenko printed a castle in his backyard. It took him two years from conception to completion. The result is incredible: Better than that image is a clip from his website, showing how the construction process worked: According to Rudenko, building the castle with concrete had some unique issues. Rudenko… Read More

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ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

Themeboard keyboard Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s, but you can customize it with designs from the community. Read More

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